I've been doing a bit of research into 'The Flipped Classroom', I wondered what an earth it was and how it was revolutionising education around the world. For those of you that are new at this as well, see the diagram (left) for a brief explanation of how the flipped model works.
I discovered that 'flipping' a classroom created opportunities for students to engage with the learning content with a click of a button, it seems to allow teachers to create intriguing, inquiry based learning, and also to differentiate for varying abilities within the class. AMAZING! I thought... but the information I came across was mainly targeted at upper primary or high school students. I could see the impact this would have upon older students and wanted to tie in a few of these 'flipped' concepts into my classroom. The idea of 'flipping' intrigued me and made me wonder if some concepts would work for my class of 5 and 6 year olds, because I could see how this model of teaching could affect their learning in a multitude of ways.
So I got researching and brainstorming and these are a few things I decided upon doing within the Year 1 Classroom to begin...
Flipping the Elementary Classroom
Flipping without Flopping
I will keep posted with how this goes!
Old fashioned teaching and learning has a time and place still in the classroom. However, our students are growing up in a world immersed in technology. Not only do we need to provide them with skills to cope in this growing tech-filled environment, but we can also enhance their ability to learn content through creative, digital formats.